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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 20, 1997, Tokyo, JapanIT PACIFIC STARS AHD STRIPS TUESDAY, MAY 20,1997 * Woman foces'cpurt-martial on adultery charges, and , officials say such discharges are rare. TL A • + j T> *c quest mat will include lettersThe Associated Press ^ ^ ^ ^ ^^ w^ MINOT, N.D. — Lawyers for know her as well as/her perfor- the nation's first female B-52 mance reviews, pilot scrambled Sunday to craftpa case to persuade the Air Force to grant her a rare honor-able discharge so she can avoid "It's just all me things thatsay, 'This is the \ight thing to do,'" Spinner said.The last-minute \man$uver court-martial on adultery came as preparations! projceed-charges. ed for Tuesday's cou%martial Frank Spinner, attorney for at Mnot Air Force Base in a 1st Lt. Kelly.Flinn, said he isassembling a package^to pre- case that has attracted nationalattention and stirred debate sent Monday to the Air Force over military rules. The presid-supporting the resignation re- ing judge, Col. Dennis Kansala, has detiied two defense re-quests to delay the trial. "The judge has already sent apretty clear message that he wants to press on unless there'sa real good reason not to," said base spokesman Capt. Mark Phillips.Flinn, 26 and single, decided Saturday that she will ask to re-,sign with an honorable dis- charge rather than be court-martialedjMi charges including adultery anoMvjng in connec-tion with two affairs the Air Force says she had over the last year.Recent history indicates that her chances for success are charge," Spinner said, slim. Air Force officials say tl^t-^~Meanwhile, Donald and Mary honorable discharges ^re^very ^ Flinn left their home in Ros- rare in lieu of court-martials. well, Ga., on Sunday for Minot But Spinner ^said he's opti- t0 be with their daughter, mistic Flinn's record and the, Finn's brother will join them circumstances will bolster her Monday,request as it is routed^through <The council, an umbrella group for colleges, universitiesand educational associations, included the figures in its 15thannual report on "Minorities in, Higher Education."Looking at college attain- ment, the report said that 26percent of whites 25 to 29 had finished at least four years ofcollege in 1995. For blacks, the rate was015 percent. The rate ofalmost 9 percent for Hispanics was lower than in the 1980s.A special section on Asian- Pacific Americans sought todispel the myth of their being a "model minority."Students frotoi that group "are perceived as ... diligenthigh achievers who persevere ... despite socioeconomic andlinguistic obstacles," the report said.It said, however, the stereo- type conceals a wide range ofeducational experiences. The report noted the lack of even ,'afifth-grade education in 1990 for large numbers of ^ome" groups, such «as Hmong, Cam- bodians and Laotians. One killed, 20 injured balcony collapses at grac \The Associated Press CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. —A second-floor balcony filled with people seeking a goodview of the University of Vir- ginia's graduation ceremoniescollapsed Sunday, killing one person and injuring about 20.The balcony of the columned, red-brick building designed byThomas Jefferson gave, way 15 minutes before the commence-ment got under way at 10 a.m. on the university's central lawn.Those on the balcony fell about 15 feet onto a brick walk-way. Many of the injured had been, standing on the walkwaybeneath the balcony, said a uni- versity spokesman.Twenty people were treated at the University of VirginiaMedicaL Center. One person died during emergency sur-gery. A second person was in critical condition.There were about 40 j»eople on a section of^lhe balconywhen the floorf began slipping away from an iron support rodanchored into the roof over- head, witnesses said. It tookabout a minute for the 15-toy- 10-foot section to collapse, andmost people had clambered off °of it by then.The broken support was part of the original building, signed by Jefferson. ;